Studio Inspiration: Marianne Brandt

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Emily _

I've been thinking about Bauhaus designer Marianne Brandt's work lately and how influential it continues to be - here are a handful of my favorite pieces of hers.  I think all of these were exhibited at the Bauhaus exhibition at MoMa in 2009.

Marianne Brandt, Coffee and Tea Service, 1924.  Silver, ebony and glass.  Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin.

Marianne Brandt, Ashtray, 1924.  Brass and Nickel Plated Brass.  Collection of MoMA.

Marianne Brandt, Ashtray (MT 36), 1924.  Brass and nickel-plated brass.  Private collection.


(L) Marianne Brandt, Ceiling Light (ME 94), 1926. Frosted Glass and Pressed Aluminum. Stiftung Bauhaus, Dessau.

(R) Marianne Brandt, Celing Light, 1926.  Brushed aluminum.  Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin.

I picked up this post card when my husband and I traveled to the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin and to Dessau, Germany to see the famous Bauhaus buildings in 2007.  In addition to the main studio building in Dessau, there was also a dormitory building and the Meisterhäuser or teachers' housing where some of the Bauhaus faculty lived and worked (the housing included studio space - awesome, I know!).  This image is of László Moholy-Nagy's studio - you can see one of Brandt's light fixtures - the ME 104a, hanging over by the window.